Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Happier times

Whilst we are dealing with some pretty sad things here at the moment (father in law died last night), I don't want this to become the 'Bad News Blog' that no one wants to read so I am going to share a post I had originally scheduled to go live on Saturday.  Obviously I thought I was going to be out of the country, so whilst I am missing my holiday this year I think I will share it just the same (even though it's a few days early!) as it relates to a wonderfully happy holiday we did get to go on not so many years ago:

It is the day of the Eclectic Keepsakes crop today and I won't be there.  Someone else will be eating my cupcake.  Someone else will be sitting with Jane and Denise and catching up with all the gossip.  Someone else will be winding Jane up about the fact that she is the guest designer for the next month's crop. 
But although I am not there in body, I am with them in spirit and Karen kindly let me have an early kit to play with and so I can share my efforts as normal.  Here's what I made of the kit she designed:


I thought the papers were really fun and were crying out for a beachy theme.  So I had a look back through the photos we took when we went to Barbados in 2004.  What a fantastic holiday that was!  So the left hand page shows me and the kids paddling in the Caribbean and the right hand one shows my husband and son about to embark on a jetski adventure.  They swapped positions mid-ocean which wasn't the best idea they ever had and then had a close encounter with a sea turtle.  Happy memories!

Hope you approve of what I did Karen and see you next month!


12 comments:

Robyn said...

Deb, I am so sorry for your family's loss! I would not worry at all about becoming a bad news blog. I appreciate it when folks share their grief because it helps me with my own.

I wish your family peace over the next couple of weeks as you mourn this loss.

Sandra said...

So very sorry to hear your sad news, I'm thinking of you during this difficult time. And trust me I understand when you say you don't want it to become a sad place, but your blogging friends do understand and they're so very supportive, as I've sadly found out recently. My prayers are with you x

Alison said...

So sorry to hear about your Father-in law Deb..haven't been online for a few days, so hadn;t realised he was so ill and you had cancelled your holiday. Hugs and prayers heading your way
Alison xx

scrappyjacky said...

So sorry to hear your sad news,Deb...my thoughts are with you all.

Amy said...

Deb I am very sorry to hear of your loss and please know that I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
I would like to echo the sentiments in Robyn's comment.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Deb,
I think so many of us have been in your position (or something similar). Don't worry about being a bad news bear. One of the wonders of the blogosphere is the unconditional support of friends.
Lots of hugs to you and your family,
Rinda

alexa said...

So sorry to learn about your father-in-law, and reading between the lines, you've cancelled your holiday. Thinking of you and wishing you a little space in the midst of it all. I hope you will feel unafraid to just tell it like it is - people who come here care. :)

Sian said...

Very nicely and bravely done Deb. We will be thinking of you and yours today and as you get through the next few weeks too. xx

Karen said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your father in law.

I fully approve how you have rocked my class xxx

Ginger said...

Hello Deb, I am so sorry for the loss of your FIL. I lost my MIL in May and know it is not easy. I did feel a bit like the bad news bear on my blog whenever I talked about it, but I also found some comfort from the blogging community. Take care and take the time to heal.

jennifer said...

Hello Deb, so sad to read about your FIL. Don't worry about putting your feelings onto your blog in this difficult time, we all understand! Though I can also understand you want to write about happy things too. The family holiday scrapbook page looks fabulous, I love the little fishes! x

Beverly said...

Deb, My deepest sympathy on the passing of your FIL. My prayers are with all of you as you mourn his passing and celebrate his life.